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The Most Exciting Event Of The Summer

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

May 27, 2021

Find yourself surrounded by laughter, live music, and thrilling atmosphere of the most anticipated event of the summer –Summer Nights. 

The official start of summer in Rapid City is marked by different things for different locals. But one that many in town go by is the beginning of the weekly concert series called Summer Nights. Every Thursday night, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a portion of 7th Street in Downtown Rapid City is closed off to make space for a stage, food vendors, drink vendors and more. 

Band performing on the stage during Summer Nights in Downtown Rapid City
Summer Nights


Each week a different band debuts to serenade the crowd. From country bands to rocks bands, they all have one thing in common and that’s getting people to move to the music. You can view the season line-up, once it’s announced, here

Food truck at Summer Nights in Downtown Rapid City
Summer Nights


Entrance into Summer Nights is free for all ages. Once inside you can treat yourself to local food vendors or crack a cold one to cool off. Happy Hour runs from 5pm to 6pm and the entertainment starts at 6pm and plays until 9pm. This fun event offers a great way to kick off a night in Downtown Rapid City with everything you need in walking distance after the street party comes to an end. 

Downtown Summer Nights in Rapid City, SD
Summer Nights


The event started in the summer of 2008 and had around 738 attendees. Fast forward to today and attendance now averages around 7,000. It’s a great place to relax, enjoy some fantastic live music, explore downtown, and even meet new people. Come check out the most exciting event of the summer while you're in town! It won't take you long to find it or realize why so many people love it.